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Terje Lohndal: “Domains of Agreement”
January 27, 2011 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Stevenson Fireside Lounge
Current wisdom has it that syntactic agreement between one head and multiple dependents (Multiple Agree) is possible and perhaps empirically required. In this talk, I will consider data from West Flemish that bear on this issue and argue that such agreement does not exist. I will then address the question of why grammars forbid such multiple agreement. I will scrutinize two hypotheses, an intervention hypothesis and a cycliclity hypothesis, and argue that the cyclicity hypothesis is the better one.
This lecture is part of the Linguistic Department’s Winter colloquium series as well as their Syntax job search.